Middleweight: 2012, Jan 30- Feb 5

In his fight on Saturday with weak journeyman Isaac Mendez, Mexican prospect Marcos Reyes gave away two points by hitting Mendez after the bell so blatantly that it was deemed an intentional foul by the ref, but dropped Mendez in the next round for a 10-count.  No changes to the rankings this week.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (94-94-94)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- KO11 #20 Darren Barker
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. #3 Matthew Macklin
After weeks of speculation, it’s now official: Martinez vs. Macklin, St. Patrick’s Day, MSG.
1) Daniel Geale (32-137-137)
Last Fight: 8/31/2011- UD12 Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/29/2012- vs. #12 Osumanu Adama
Geale will fight Osumanu Adama on leap day in Tasmania.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (18-42-42)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- RTD3 #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: Unknown
The on-again, off-again fight between Proksa and Sebastian Zbik is off again, likely due to ongoing personal issues between Zbik and Felix Sturm, who won the bid to promote the fight.
3) Matthew Macklin (9-32-123)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
See Martinez’s notes, above.
4) Felix Sturm (9-437-437)
Last Fight: 12/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sturm is exploring fights in April with Pirog, Geale, and Andy Lee.
5) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (30-66-66)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rumor has it that he’s started negotiating with Golovkin again, but Golovkin denies these rumors.
6) Martin Murray (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray rejected a fight with Andy Lee, thinking the offer was too low.  Barker then refused an offer from Murray.
7) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (9-35-53)
Last Fight: 11/19/2011- TKO5 Peter Manfredo, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2012- vs. #10 Marco Antonio Rubio
Chavez gets the toughest test of his career on February 4 when he fights fellow Mexican contender Marco Antonio Rubio in San Antonio.
8) Dmitry Pirog (9-79-79)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog has a mandatory obligation with Bursak, but apparently is interested in fighting Sturm on April 13 first.
9) Sebastian Sylvester (9-338-338)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(RTD3) vs. #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Sylvester may be getting long in the tooth after being destroyed by Proksa.
10) Marco Antonio Rubio (9-43-53)
Last Fight: 12/16/2011- TKO5 Matt Vanda (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2012- vs. #7 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Mexico’s two best middleweights meet in San Antonio in early February as veteran Rubio takes on young gun Chavez.
11) Anthony Mundine (9-53)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine will now fight in March, but no opponent yet.
12) Osumanu Adama (9-45)
Last Fight: 10/6/2011- TKO9 Roman Karmazin (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/29/2012- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Adama gets a shot at real prominence when he fights the most accomplished Middleweight not named Sergio Martinez on leap day in Tasmania.
13) Avtandil Khurtsidze (7-53)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered Khurtsidze to defend his new goofy color-coded belt against gatekeeper Domenico Spada.
14) Max Bursak (7-53)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- TKO3 Laatekwei Hammond (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak is the mandatory contender for whatever title Pirog holds, but Pirog appears to be interested in fighting someone else first.
15) Garth Wood (7-53)
Last Fight: 4/13/2011- L (UD10) vs. #20 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: 2/19/2012- vs. Sam Soliman (UNR)
Wood will fight in Sydney on February 19 against an apparently resurgent Sam Soliman.
16) Gennady Golovkin (7-33)
Last Fight: 12/9/2011- KO1 Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin is currently Sturm’s mandatory, and has denied rumors that he’s re-opened negotiations with N’Jikam.
17) Nobuhiro Ishida (7-43)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO1 Edson Espinoza (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/18/2012- vs. JMW #15? Paul Williams (at JMW)
Ishida will fight Paul Williams in Corpus Christi, Texas on February 18, apparently at 154.
18) Demetrius Andrade (9-24)
Last Fight: 9/21/2011- RTD3 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/10/2012- vs. Derek Ennis (UNR)
Andrade will fight Derek Ennis on the February 10 iteration of Friday Night Fights.
19) Darren Barker (9-16)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker turned down an offer to fight Martin Murray.
20) Billi Godoy (9-15)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO1 Luciano Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown


The Week Ahead: There’s a big fight from San Antonio, as #7 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. takes on #10 Marco Antonio Rubio in a fight that will likely land someone in the top 5.  Watch for it on HBO.

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